Kentucky too much for Florida women's basketball
Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:48 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Junior Jaterra Bonds scored a season-high 21 points, freshman January Miller scored a career-best 17 points and senior Jennifer George posted her 25th career double-double, but Florida fell just short at No. 6 Kentucky, 76-69, on Thursday in the league opener for both teams.
Florida (11-4, 0-1 SEC) was within two points, 60-58, with 6:03 left, but went cold from the floor, missing its next six shots, and the Wildcats (13-1, 1-0 SEC) took advantage by scoring six straight points and led 66-58 with 3:18 remaining.
UK made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 20 seconds to secure its 30th consecutive win in Memorial Coliseum, as well as its program-record 12th straight overall.
“I thought our players fought really, really hard and in the second half did a great job of taking care of the basketball,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said.
“You have to give Kentucky a lot of credit. This building is really hard to win in, and I thought we put up a great fight. There are a lot of positives for us to move forward into our next battle.”
Bonds tied a program-record by hitting 11-of-11 free throws, while Miller hit 5-of-7 from the floor. George recorded 14 points, a game-high 11 rebounds with a game-high three steals for the Gators, who committed just three turnovers in the second half after 16 in the opening 20 minutes. Florida held a 40-36 rebounding edge in the game.
A'dia Mathies, last year's SEC Player of the Year, scored 20 points for Kentucky to lead four Wildcats in double-figure scoring.
Florida returns to action on Sunday when the Gators play host to LSU in the O'Connell Center where tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.